The Gold Cup and Grand National winning jockey spoke with Leon Blanche this week at Fairyhouse, firstly discussing all the events from the Dublin Racing Festival last weekend, aswell as his best race winning tips & each-way value for Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival.
Robbie Power thinks the Willie Mullins trained Facile Vega is going to be hard to beat in the Champion Bumper but his stablemate Redemption Day represents value. He also thinks Chacun Pour Soi is a major player in the Champion Chase. Take a look below.
“If he can produce his mother’s form, then he is going to be very hard to beat!”
@Robbie_Power_ previews the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.
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He said: “If Facile Vega can produce his mother’s form at Cheltenham, then he is going to be very hard to beat. I have been going racing a long time and I have never seen a bumper performance like it.
“I was blown away by American Mike when I saw him in at Navan before Christmas and I didn’t think we would see a better bumper horse this season and we just have. Facile Vega was so impressive. You can’t pick any holes in the form.
“The way he did it would just blow you away and he will be very hard to bet in the Champion Bumper at 10/11 in the race betting.
“His biggest danger is American Mike but at the same time Patrick Mullins said he still didn’t think there was much between Facile Vega and Redemption Day and if that’s the case then Redemption Day has to be respected as well. He represents value in the betting because of the performance we saw from Facil Vega.
“If he can produce his Punchestown or Leopardstown form in this race, he’ll be a massive player”
@Robbie_Power_ previews the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
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“Chacun Pour Soi is a horse that has an awful lot of ability. If he can produce anything like his Punchestown or Leopardstown form in a Champion Chase then he is going to be a massive player in the race.
“What way they ride him a Champion Chase is going to be very interesting. The Champion Chase is the only race that Willie Mullins hasn’t won at the Cheltenham Festival so he is definitely going to throw both his bullets at it. There is no doubt about that.
“There two very good horses and I’m sure the Closutton team will be thinking from now until Cheltenham how do we beat Shishkin. They will be going through the tactics of the race and looking at the best way to try and get him beaten.
“I think Chacun is a big big player in this with his odds of 5/1.
*Prices correct at time of publication. Subject to fluctuation.
WHEN IS DAY TWO OF THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL?
The Cheltenham Festival Day Two is on Wednesday, 16th March 2022.
WHAT TV CHANNEL IS THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL ON?
The action will be shown live on ITV.
Every race from the festival will be shown live on subscription channel Racing TV.
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ABOUT ROBBIE POWER
Robbie ‘Puppy’ Power is BoyleSports’ Racing Ambassador and a successful National Hunt jockey with a number wins and achievements under his belt.
During his career he has won many prestigious races. He famously rode 33/1 outsider Silver Birch to victory in the 2007 Grand National at Aintree in only his second appearance in the illustrious race.
In 2011, he had his first Cheltenham Festival winner in the RSA Chase. In 2017 he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup on Sizing John. He also won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Our Duke.
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